Whereas all Chelsea transfer activities have been put on hold due to the takeover. Aston Villa might have thrown a spanner in the works for a deal that looked extremely likely this summer. It is with a heavy heart that I say that a transfer of Jules Koundé is perhaps no longer possible.
Andreas Christensen is set to leave on a free at the end of the month, joining Spanish giants Barcelona, and Chelsea will be stuck looking for a right centre-back option to replace him.
I can’t imagine a world where Aston Villa take one of Sevilla’s starting options as a centre-back and still sell the other to Chelsea, but I really hope so.
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Chelsea had made early advances ahead of the summer transfer window to secure Koundé from Sevilla. With negotiations just continuing since last summer’s transfer window, it was expected to be Chelsea’s priority target this time around. The penalties were then imposed on Roman Abramovich and Chelsea, with the summer window targets being slowly eliminated by the teams.
The Blues could lose Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso to Barcelona as well as Antonio Rudiger when he moves to Real Madrid. Government sanctions have been clear and Chelsea’s takeover deal must be confirmed as soon as possible or risk losing all the goals they set out to achieve.
Aston Villa confirmed the signing of the Carlos on Thursday afternoon, believed to be worth around £26million, just days after Kounde was spotted in London.
Premier League rivals Newcastle had tried to sign the Brazilian earlier this year, so the hope is that Sevilla have planned their lives without the two next season.
Will Sevilla allow the two centre-backs to leave, or is it on a first-come, first-served basis? Only time will tell.
Over the past few weeks, Chelsea could only stand and watch last summer’s target Erling Haaland join Man City. That could also be the case for longtime target Aurélien Tchouaméni, who is now heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid after missing out on Kylian Mbappé.
Hopefully the Chelsea takeover situation will be sorted out as soon as possible to avoid missing out on Kounde or any other transfer targets this summer…